A step in the right direction


Senior Member
China Chinese
Hi, I 've got a sentence :
The changes in the education system are a step in the right direction and will improve the teaching in our school.
I was wondering whether this sentence means that the changes in education include may steps, now the first good one has been taken.
Or,"a step in the right direction" only says the changes are right.?
  • panjandrum

    Occasional Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    A step in the right direction indicates that the changes are good, but there is much more to be done, there are many more steps to be taken.


    Senior Member
    A step in the right direction is a set phrase. It suggests any progress towards a desirable state. By implication, things are in need of correction or improvement. The step doesn't fix everything.


    German (Germany)
    It means the changes go in the right direction but they are not going far enough. They are only a first step.
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